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COVID-19: Wuhan officially bans eating wild animals

COVID-19: Wuhan officially bans eating wild animals”

Neighbouring Jiangxi province has also released plans to help farmers dispose of animals, as well as financial aid.

Measures implemented to ban the consumption and trade of wild animals were made by Beijing following the SARS outbreak, though they never actually stopped the trade.

Zoonotic diseases like coronavirus can easily spread from animals to humans at wet markets.

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According to CBS News, Wuhan's government will offer farmers cash payouts to stop breeding wild and exotic animals.

Both steps are part of China's ongoing efforts to stem the transmission of viruses from animals to humans.

Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus, has become the latest Chinese city to ban the eating of wild animals.

The Humane Society International (HSI) says that Jiangxi and Hunan are "major wildlife breeding provinces".

Hunan and Jiangxi, which both border Hubei, have also set out plans to change livestock practices.

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Local authorities have also launched compensation programs to encourage wild animal breeders to switch to growing plants, fruit, vegetables, or herbs for traditional Chinese medicine.

Chinese authorities have chose to offer a one-off payment of 120 yuan ($16) per kilogram of rat snake, king rat snake and cobra, while a kilogram of the bamboo rat will be 75 yuan.

Their stock is worth about 1.6 billion yuan ($225 million), the report said.

A man rides a scooter past the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, on May 19, 2020.

The regulation includes precious aquatic wild animals under national key protection and endangered aquatic wild animals.

According to The Independent, in February, China suspended all trade and consumption of wildlife with a temporary law, but it did not specify if farm-raised ones would be covered.

Diseases such SARS, Ebola, and even HIV originated in animals, but the true origin of the Covid-19 pandemic is still under investigation.

A notice on the city's municipal government website said the ban will come into immediate effect and will last for five years.



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